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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: 2015 Ontario Writers' Conference
Registration Due: March 31, 2015
Conf. Dates:4/24/2015 - 4/25/2015
Info:A conference for writers of all genres and abilities. In its 7th year this exciting conference features workshops, lectures, networking, master classes, agent pitches and blue pencil sessions. It is a festival of authors with great food, lots of inspiration and much, much more. Don't miss the Story Starters online writing contest. It's free to enter.
Contact:bhunt@thewritersconference.com
URL: 2015 Ontario Writers' Conference

Title: 2015 OC Christian Writers Conference
State: CA
Registration Due: 4/15/15 (early bird)
Conf. Dates:4/24/2015 - 4/25/2015
Info:At the Orange County Christian Writers Conference 2015, you will meet experienced Christian agents, editors, publishers, and authors who can help you take the next step toward getting His message into the hearts, minds, and spirits of readers. And whether you are beginning your writing journey or already published, a session or workshop has been designed just for you.
Contact:ncwcsd@yahoo.com
URL: 2015 OC Christian Writers Conference

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:11/4/2014 - 12/1/2015
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
Contact:jane@writingsalons.com
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: UCLA Extension Writers Studio
State: California
Registration Due: 2/5/15
Conf. Dates:2/5/2015 - 2/8/2015
Info:Students focus on their writing during four intensive days of instruction. Choose one of 10 writing workshops in long and short fiction, writing for young adults, feature film writing, and television writing, and work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to 15 students.
Contact:NWindsor@uclaextension.edu
URL: UCLA Extension Writers Studio

Title: 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference
State: California
Registration Due: 2/12/2015
Conf. Dates:2/12/2015 - 2/15/2015
Info:Major names in publishing (authors, literary agents, editors and publishers) attend the SFWC and take personal interest in the authors and projects discovered there. The 100+ presenters this year will include John Lescroart, Yiyun Li, Vikram Chandra, Michelle Richmond, Kirk Russell, Tina Folsom, and Judith Curr (president/publisher Atria/S&S).
Contact:barbara@SFWriters.org
URL: 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference

Title: Southern California Writers' Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/13/2015 - 2/16/2015
Info:Founded and run by professional writers, the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative feedback to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration. The conference facilitates some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals. With extended one-on-one evaluation and dozens of interactive workshops, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to provide comprehensive feedback on your work.
Contact:msg@WritersConference.com
URL: Southern California Writers' Conference

Title: Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/27/2015 - 3/31/2015
Info:Mount Hermon creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for writers at every skill level, from unpublished to professional, and offers help to writers in a wide span of genres and in every phase of a writer's career. The Head Start Pre-Conference Track is designed to give each participant insight into the publishing industry prior to the Main Conference and to help each participant move to the next level in their writing journey. There is an additional fee for the pre-conference program feature that takes place March 25-27, 2015. The Head Start program is especially helpful to those who are new to writing for publication and the writers' conference environment, but can also provide a boost to anyone who needs a jump start in skill, direction, or inspiration.
Contact:info@mounthermon.org
URL: Mount Herman Christian Writers Conference

Title: Napa Valley Writers' Conference
State: California
Registration Due: Priority deadline: March 16, Rolling thereafter.
Conf. Dates:7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015
Info:For 35 years, we've offered intimate poetry and fiction workshops with a focus on fellowship and craft, amidst the hills and vineyards of Northern California's Wine Country.
Contact:info@napawritersconference.org
URL: Napa Valley Writers' Conference

Title: 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference
State: CO
Registration Due: Begins March 16 and is open until April 23.
Conf. Dates:4/23/2015 - 4/26/2015
Info:The theme of our 23rd annual conference is Choose Your Writing Adventure. In addition to creative and informative workshops, we offer several opportunities for feedback from agents and editors--included in the registration fee. Our keynote speakers this year include Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant), Mary Kay Andrews, Andrew Gross and the incredible R.L. Stine.
Contact:conference@pikespeakwriters.com
URL: Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Title: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015
State: CT
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/2/2015 - 1/4/2015
Info:Geared to both experienced and emerging memoir writers, the weekend includes: 15 minute mentoring sessions with an instructor to discuss your individual writing. Specific instruction and writing exercises to help you progress with your memoir. Workshop and discussion of your work.
Contact:judymandel@gmail.com
URL: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015

Title: Scribes Night Out Writer's Conference
State: FL
Registration Due: $100
Conf. Dates:2/27/2015 - 2/27/2015
Info:This conference is to be held at the Avon Park Campus of South Florida State College. It is for writers of all skill levels. We have a group of publishing reps, agents, writers and other industry professionals, networking and holding workshops.
Contact:laurenredick@southflorida.edu

Title: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop
State: Florida
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/24/2015 - 2/4/2015
Info:The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups. The workshops are conducted based on Martha's and Maureen's experiences leading the Peripatetic over 20 years, as well as from years of teaching creative writing at New York University, The Writer's Voice, The New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in the publishing world, they've worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully. Ongoing dates.
Contact:mehnyc@gmail.com
URL: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Title: Blue Ridge Writers Conference
State: GA
Registration Due: March 3, 2015
Conf. Dates:4/10/2015 - 4/11/2015
Info:The 2015 keynote speaker will be Victoria Wilcox. Victoria Wilcox is the founding director of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, the antebellum home of the family of Doc Holliday and has been honored as the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year for Best First Novel. Our 2015 speakers include Dawn Cusick, Steven Harvey, Louise McKinney, Brian Seidman, Patricia Sprinkle and Kathleen Thompson.
Contact:blueridgearts@gmail.com
URL: Blue Ridge Writers Conference

Title: Called To Write Conference
State: Kansas
Registration Due: 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/9/2015 - 4/11/2015
Info:Key speakers include Ramona Tucker, editor of OakTara Publishers; Jeane Wynn of Wynn-Wynn Media and a marketing specialist and award winning author, Kathleen Y'Barbo.
Contact:julhiebert@gmail.com
URL: Called To Write Conference

Title: Kentucky Writers Conference
State: Kentucky
Registration Due: Opens February 1
Conf. Dates:4/17/2015 - 4/17/2015
Info:The Kentucky Writers Conference is a FREE one-day event at which authors who will be appearing at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest present twelve different sessions on publishing and writing. The conference is open to the first 200 registrants and registration will be available at our website.
Contact:kristie.lowry@wku.edu
URL: Kentucky Writers Conference

Title: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
State: Louisiana
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/25/2015 - 3/29/2015
Info:The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival celebrates the literature and cultural heritage of New Orleans and hosts panels and events featuring artists from publishing, theater, film, culinary arts and music.
Contact:info@tennesseewilliams.net
URL: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Title: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women
State: ME
Registration Due: Early Registration Ends June 1, Save $200
Conf. Dates:9/27/2015 - 10/7/2015
Info:Write and explore your creativity overlooking the rocky Maine coast in Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. Our day flows in a magical rhythm that rises from this soulful land, the rocks, the sea and the air. Through our writing, our circle work and sharing meals that are culinary delights, we slough off our outer world self and enter the timeless, creative space within. Here we meet our unfettered creative self-perhaps for the first time!
Contact:emily@emilyhanlon.com
URL: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women

Title: 26th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration
State: Mississippi
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/27/2015 - 2/28/2015
Info:The NLCC has been called by official evaluators "Mississippi's most significant annual conference devoted to literature, history, film, and culture."Begun in 1990 by Copiah-Lincoln Community College and sponsored now by Copiah-Lincoln and Mississippi Department of Archives and History, with support of the Natchez National Historical Park, the Celebration annually presents a theme-based lecture series enhanced by films, field trips, workshops, exhibits, book signings, concerts, and discussions.
Contact:NLCC@colin.edu
URL: 26th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration

Title: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency
State: Nebraska
Registration Due: 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:7/1/2015 - 12/1/2015
Info:The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided.
Contact:info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org
URL: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Title: Las Vegas Writers Conference
State: Nevada
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:4/23/2015 - 4/25/2015
Info:Join fellow writer's, agents, publishers, and marketing experts for a weekend of workshops focused on the publishing industry.
Contact:info@hendersonwritersgroup.com
URL: Las Vegas Writers Conference

Title: Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
State: New Jersey
Registration Due: 3/15/15
Conf. Dates:3/21/2015 - 3/22/2015
Info:This is a multi-genre event full of education, networking and fun. This year we are joined by internationally bestselling author Sylvia Day.
Contact:conference@lsfwriters.com
URL: Create Something Magical Conference

Title: The Creativity Workshop
State: New York
Registration Due: 2/19/15
Conf. Dates:2/20/2015 - 2/23/2015
Info:The Creativity Workshop has helped writers of all genres jumpstart and renew their imagination. We will teach you ways to keep your writing fresh and exciting to you.
Contact:admin@creativityworkshops.com
URL: The Creativity Workshop

Title: Unicorn Writers' Conference
State: New York
Registration Due: 3/10/15 (Earlier for 1 on 1 sessions)
Conf. Dates:3/13/2015 - 3/14/2015
Info:Over 40 literary agents attending, 13 NYC book editors, and 15 guest speakers for different workshops every hour. $300 includes 3 meals. Additional costs: $55 manuscript review of 40 pages and meeting with agent (or editor) for 30 minutes to discuss.
Contact:unicornwritersconference@gmail.com
URL: Unicorn Writers' Conference

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/14 and 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
Contact:apply@millaycolony.org
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
State: New York
Registration Due: Open until filled
Conf. Dates:4/18/2015 - 4/6/2014
Info:The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares. The 2015 event will take place on Saturday, April 18th from noon to 6pm AND Sunday April 19th from 11am-5pm at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Remember this event is FREE and open to the public!
Contact:info@buffalosmallpress.org
URL: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Title: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program
State: New York
Registration Due: March 15th, 2015
Conf. Dates:5/28/2015 - 9/22/2015
Info:Byrdcliffe's artist-in-residence program offers writers the opportunity to live and work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony for a period of 4 weeks. Private room and studio provided.
Contact:air@woodstockguild.org
URL: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program

Title: Writers Boot Camp - The Asheville Christian Writers Conference
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/20/2015 - 2/22/2015
Info:Writers Boot Camp focuses writers on the basics both as a new writer and as an experienced writer. We encourage writers to look at their calling from God to be a writer and work with Him in the lead. Primary Faculty - Torry Martin, Bob Hostetler, Larry Leech, Cindy Sproles, Eddie Jones, Lori Hatcher, Allison Flexer, Denise Loock, Ann Tatlock, and Yvonne Lehman. For details on registration and schedule of classes visit: www.writersadvancebootcamp.com
Contact:mountainbreezeministries@gmail.com
URL: Writers Boot Camp

Title: Carolinas Writers Conference
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: $25 Online/$30 At the door (Lunch Included)
Conf. Dates:4/18/2015 - 4/18/2015
Info:Morning and afternoon in-depth workshops on the craft of writing by published, award-winning authors.
Contact:info@ansoncountywritersclub.org
URL: Carolinas Writers Conference

Title: 8th Annual Journey Into The Imagination
State: PA
Registration Due: Early registration ends on Feb 1. Save $200
Conf. Dates:5/12/2015 - 5/17/2015
Info:The retreat is open to all levels of writers. You are encouraged to write on new stories but can also write on a work in progress. The critiquing is supportive, inspiring, fun and meant to bring your story to the next level. Pendle Hill is inviting. There is peace and beauty, richness and depth about the old buildings and the glorious landscape. Fees include the retreat, room and board.
Contact:emily@emilyhanlon.com
URL: 8th Annual Journey Into The Imagination

Title: Great Plains Writers' Conference
State: SD
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/22/2015 - 3/24/2015
Info:An exploration of how writing intersects with agriculture, ecology, environmental design, other walks of life to shape how we view the ways we live on earth today—and how we're preparing to live on it in the future. Featured guests include Kristen Iversen and Vandana Shiva.
Contact:steven.wingate@sdstate.edu
URL: Great Plains Writers' Conference

Title: Write2Ignite! Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults
State: South Carolina
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/27/2015 - 3/28/2015
Info:The goal of Write2Ignite!! is to ignite the fire of future generations of Christian writers by offering quality workshops; encouraging relationships; and Godly inspiration.
Contact:write2ignite@jeanmatthewhall.com
URL: Write2Ignite! Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults

Title: Inhabiting Earth: Writing, Environment, and Sustainability
State: South Dakota
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/22/2015 - 3/24/2015
Info:An exploration on how writing intersects with agriculture, ecology, environmental design, and other walks of life to shape how we view the ways we live on earth today - and how we're preparing to live on it in the future. With featured guests Kristen Iversen and Vandana Shiva.
Contact:steven.wingate@sdstate.edu
URL: Great Plains Writers' Conference

Title: The Windhover Writers' Festival
State: Texas
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/18/2015 - 2/20/2015
Info:The Windhover Writers’ Festival is hosted by the literary journal Windhover at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Each February the festival brings in featured presenters who give readings and lead workshops. In addition to the main events, the festival also features panels comprised of local, regional, and national writers sharing their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Our goal is to create a space where writers of all levels can find encouragement and learn to be better writers. We are pleased to announce our 2015 roster of featured presenters. Larry Woiwode will deliver the 2015 George Nixon Memorial Lecture, and the roster also includes poet Tania Runyan, memoirist Addie Zierman, and musical guests Still on the Hill.
Contact:writersfestival@umhb.edu
URL: The Windhover Writers' Festival

Title: Austin International Poetry Festival
State: TX
Registration Due: Online registration deadline: April 1
Conf. Dates:4/9/2015 - 4/11/2015
Info:AIPF is a non-juried, four day poetry festival involving poetry readings, workshops, open mics and poetry slams throughout Austin, as well as two anthologies (adult & youth).
Contact:joe@aipf.org
URL: Austin International Poetry Festival

Title: Writer's Weekend at the Beach
State: WA
Registration Due: February 15, 2015
Conf. Dates:3/20/2015 - 3/20/2015
Info:Come experience Writer's Weekend at the Beach: workshops, writing time, mentoring, critique, contests. Further your writing and be encouraged and inspired as you continue your writing journey.
Contact:prushford@comcast.net
URL: Writer's Weekend at the Beach

Title: Writer's Weekend At The Beach
State: Washington
Registration Due: 2/15/15
Conf. Dates:3/20/2015 - 3/22/2015
Info:Come experience Writer's Weekend at the Beach: workshops, writing time, mentoring, critique, contests. Further your writing and be encouraged and inspired as you continue your writing journey.
Contact:prushford@comcast.net
URL: Writer's Weekend At The Beach

Title: Robert McKee's STORY Seminar
State: New York
Registration Due: April 16, 2015
Conf. Dates:4/17/2015 - 4/19/2015
Info:Take advantage of one of the best story brains in the business and let Robert McKee prompt and guide you to your best insights yet. Here is an opportunity to apply classic story design - the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds - to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.
Contact:robin@storylogue.com
URL: Robert McKee's STORY Seminar

Title: SPARKING CREATIVITY: Writing Workshops with Author Linda Oatman High
State: Various US locations
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:12/1/2014 - 1/31/2015
Info:Writing Workshops with Author Linda Oatman High, winner of the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Fellowship 2014 and the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story award. Corporate creativity sessions are available, as well as workshops for kids and adults of all ages at schools, libraries, and other venues! Contact Linda for more information on specific dates.
Contact:lohigh@frontiernet.net
URL: Writing Workshops

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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